Posted on: Aug 14, 2012
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Sheikh's Bespoke V8 Vantage-Powered DB7 Up for Auction

A bespoke 1998 Aston Martin DB7 is set to go under the hammer in just over 2 weeks' time.
The Aston Martin DB7 first arrived in 1993 to much acclaim and the model marked the first time since the DB6 Mk. II finished its production run in 1971 that the British automaker utilized a 6-cylinder engine in one of their high-end sports cars. Up for auction is a very unique version of the DB7 which was commissioned by a member of the Saudi Royal Family. The 1998 Aston Martin DB7 features the guts of a V8 Vantage, a very unique prospect to say the least.

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That means that under the hood you will find, instead of the usual 335 horsepower Eaton supercharged 24-valve inline six cylinder engine, a modified 452hp 6.4-liter V8 from the Vantage. Not only is that figure an improvement over the V6 but it also tops the V12 Vantage's 420hp output. Due to the extra size and power of the new engine, the Sheikh had a bespoke hood with an added bulge in the center fitted to the British sports car along with AP Racing brakes. An upgraded suspension and steering system have been equipped as well to help the DB7 perform better on the road.
With only 3,220 miles on the clock, the exquisite Aston is expected to go for as much as £80,000. The V8 Vantage-powered 1998 Aston Martin DB7's exterior is finished in Cheviot Red with a parchment leather trim on the interior. Oxblood stitching along with matching dark claret carpets finish off the custom coupe in a terrific sense. It will go under the hammer on September 1st at Brooklands.

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